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Lady Royals fall in eight innings to Dodge County

Lady Royals fall in eight innings to Dodge County

Though Thursday's Bleckley-Dodge softball game was in Eastman, there was a sense of deja vu about the evening.  Both teams would strand runners.  It took eight innings again to decide a winner.  The difference this time is that it would be BCHS who made a key error late. 

Trailing 3-2 in the third, Taylor Little's solo home run tied the score.  An Emmie Meadows single made it 4-3 Lady Royals.  Dodge tied it in the fourth. 

Though BC had a runner at third with no outs in the top of the fifth, she would be left stranded. 

BCHS got out of a two on, no out jam in the bottom of the inning.  Another scoring opportunity for Bleckley in the seventh, runners at second and third with one out, produced no runs.  Dodge had the bases loaded with two outs in their half of the inning but Marlee Bryan struck out Blakelyn Bundick to end the threat.

Sheriff: Tip Led to Phil Mincey

Escaped Dodge County murderer Phil Mincey was recaptured in Bleckley County Wednesday evening after a tipster told authorities where to find him.

That's according to Bleckley County Sheriff Harold Lancaster.

He said Mincey was arrested on the campus of Middle Georgia College after six days on the lam.

Bleckley deputies assisted the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task force in the arrest, he said.

Mincey, convicted of a 1985 murder in Dodge County, did not return last Friday to his work-release center in Macon.

Lancaster said officers looking for him contacted Mincey's family and warned them about the consequences of helping him.

He said one person contacted the fugitive task force and said Mincey was looking for a ride Wednesday from Middle Georgia College. He said they found Mincey on campus, "trying to fit in."

Phil Mincey Had Escaped Custody Before

Phil Mincey, a Dodge County man convicted of murder, is still missing from custody. He failed to return Friday night to the Macon Transitional Center, where he was on a work-release program.

Court documents say before Mincey murdered a woman in 1985, he had served time for escaping the Dodge County jail. 

District Attorney Tim Vaughn says Mincey was sentenced to life in August 1985 for felony murder. He was convicted of fatally shooting Mary Ann Harris in March of that year.

The Dodge County Sheriff's Office says they're following possible leads on Mincey. Georgia Department of Corrections spokeswoman Kristen Stancil would not answer questions about the case, including how Mincey was put in a work-release program.

According to court documents, Mincey murdered Harris just weeks after he was released from prison. He had served three years for escaping the Dodge County jail in 1980.

Lady Royals shut out Dublin for softball win

Lady Royals shut out Dublin for softball win

Bleckley took advantage of ten Lady Irish walks to score 11 runs in the first capped by Lana Maddox's sixth home run of the season. 

A pair of runs in the third capped all scoring in a 13-0 win.  Kaylin Jones was 2 for 3 with 2 RBI. 

Emmie Meadows was 2 for 3 with 1 RBI.  BCHS plays at Dodge County Thursday.  JV begin at 4 pm with varsity to follow.

Bleckley looking for first football win Friday

Bleckley looking for first football win Friday

Region 3-AA football play begins Friday for Bleckley County.  The Royals travel to Southeast Bulloch coming off a 53-17 loss last week at Wilcox County. 

In the game, BC trailed 13-10 in the second.  But the Patriots would score after a drive-stopping holding penalty on fourth down. 

They would convert a fumble and three interceptions into 28 points.  BCHS will be healthier Friday.  Ken Hughes returned this past week.  DB Savon Walters and lineman Cody Pearce were back at practice Monday. 

Defensive lineman Dalton Floyd missed Friday's game due to injuries in an auto accident and will also be back. 

Kickoff in Brooklet is 7:30 p.m.

Police Search for Missing Murderer

The Georgia Department of Corrections is looking for a convicted murderer, who failed to return to the Macon Transitional Center after work on Friday.

That's according to Georgia Department of Corrections spokeswoman Kristen Stancil.

Phil Mincey was sentenced to life in prison, after being convicted of murder in Dodge County in 1985.

Capt. Tony Winborn of the Dodge County sheriff's office says Mincey was convicted of killing 39-year-old Mary Ann Peacock Harris in March 1985. She was shot to death with a shotgun outside a home on Old River Road. Winborn had no other details on the case.

If you have any information please call the Dodge County Sheriff's office at 478-374-8131.

Redneck Circus Rolls in to Abbeville

The Redneck Circus rolled into central Georgia, bringing with it contests like the longest mullet, mud wrestling and tractor pulls.

"This is what a circus is," said Durty Dingus, the circus mascot.

It brought people from all over to Abbeville to show off their redneck pride.

"The kids around here we're all rednecks," said Sonya Hicks of Abbeville. "We love to mud bog. We love to ride the big trucks and the ATV's and the four wheelers."

For some, the events were the highlight, but for others it was more about the quality time.

Christy Richey, form Rochelle said, "This is what everybody forgets about. It needs to be like this more often."

"The family can actually get out and spend time together, said Wayne Taylor from Fitzgerald.

Organizers say people packing in throughout the weekend.

Durty Dingus said, "Probably a thousand people, 1,500 people and they're still coming in."